Microsoft is about to transform the IT business by offering free access to all its APIs and protocols across its high-volume business products. This includes the .NET Framework, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007, Office SharePoint Server 2007 and future versions.

The announcement was made by CEO Steve Ballmer, flanked by chief software architect Ray Ozzie, head of the Server and Tools division Bob Muglia and Brad Smith, the company’s senior legal officer.

Computerworld UK takes a look at industry reaction and news from this ground-breaking announcement from the software giant.

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Europe gives guarded response to Microsoft's new openness

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